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Can Steroids Cause Hair Loss

By Andrea Douglas

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June 8, 2021
Can Steroids Cause Hair Loss

Some athletes and young men will turn to steroids to help them gain muscle mass and gain long term goals in short periods of time.

Other than the long list of medical side effects that accompany anabolic steroids there is another one that not many know about. Besides mood swings, heart problems and acne, a side effect of steroids is hair loss.

Now taking steroids isn’t the number one guaranteed way to lose hair. However, if there are any hair follicles on your head that are in the process of dying, even if it’s something that wouldn’t have happened for years, it can trigger your hair to fall out earlier.

If male pattern baldness is something that runs in your family then you’re putting yourself at a high risk. Using steroids will not only help aid your hair loss but they can drastically speed the process up.

The Effect of Steroid Use

If you currently suffer from genetic male pattern baldness then steroids are the worst things for you regardless of any other side effects. These are supplements that can seriously impact and change your life, and not only the present but your future as well.

The side effects other than hair loss include, but are not limited to: infertility and impotence, erectile dysfunction, acne, gynecomastia, unpredictable mood swings, liver damage, high blood pressure, and last but not least they can increase your risk for serious conditions like heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, and certain cancers.

What Steroids do to Your Hair

When it comes to baldness hormonal changes are at the top of the trigger list. There is a certain hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and when the levels are increased it can actually destroy hair follicles. DHT attaches itself to the follicles which will cause inflammation.

Over time the damaged hair follicles will fall out. There are many types of steroids which will raise these levels of DHT in your body and it will lead to potentially devastating hair loss.

Steroids and Hair Loss

If you absolutely have to use steroids, there are certain brands of steroids which you need to avoid if you either suffer from, or someone in your family suffers from, male pattern baldness:

  • Anadrol
  • Winstrol
  • Proviron
  • Primobolan
  • Masteron
  • Anavar

However, sometimes you don’t always have to take steroids for personal reasons. Sometimes they’re prescribed by your doctor to treat medical conditions.

These steroids can still promote hair loss in those susceptible to it. Those medications are Dianabol and Trenbolone.

Now obviously the best way to prevent triggering or worsening your hair loss is to stop taking steroids. But if you made the mistake of not doing the proper research, or just didn’t believe that it would happen to you, and are now suffering from hair loss provoked by steroids there are treatments you can look into to replace the hair you lost.